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Saskatchewan: Quick Facts
- Capital - Regina
- Motto - Multis E Gentibus Vires (From many people strength)
- Flower - Western Red Lily (Prairie Lily)
- Entered Confederation - 4 Sept 1905
- Members of the Legislative Assembly - 58
- Members of Parliament - 14
- Senators - 6
- Population, 1998 - 1,025,595
- Average annual family income, 1996 - $50,847
- Employment rate, 1997 - 62.4%
- Per capita health expenditures, 1995 - $2,401
- Inflation as measured by the CPI, 1997 - 1.3%
- Average weekly earnings, 1997 - $527.14<
- Housing starts, 1997 - 2,757
- Provincial sales tax, 1998 - 7%
- Urban population, 1996 - 63.3%
- GDP per capita, 1995 - $23,899
- Land area out of Canada's total area - 6.5%
Sources: Statistics Canada, 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia
The capital city of Saskatchewan is Regina - Latin for queen, and named after Queen Victoria. Regina has a population199, 200 (metro) and is largely a governmental center, as well as a 'service' sector for business and industry.
Saskatoon is the largest city in Saskatchewan with a population of 231,403. It is home to the University of Saskatchewan and a distribution centre for agricultural and industrial production.
Central Standard Time - Saskatchewan is the only province that does not switch to Daylight Savings time in the summer and is seven hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Saskatchewan has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Temperatures range from +25 degrees Celsius (on average) in summer, to -25 degrees Celsius (on average) in winter. The whole province enjoys a hot, dry summer. The town of Estevan is the undisputed "sunshine capital" of Canada, getting 2540 hours of sunshine per year.